A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education

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A recently published report, titled ‘State of the Art Report: Mapping opportunities for developing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competences in the UE4SD partner countries’, shows that ESD has earned recognition in higher education across Europe and a growing number of universities have formal commitments to ESD as part of corporate sustainability activities. Reflecting on the status of ESD professional development in higher education, the report also notes the variety of approaches in use, examples of innovative practice, and the need for clearer focus on professional competences in ESD.

This report, published in November 2014, is part of a three-year project entitled University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD), funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme – Erasmus Academic Networks and led by the University of Gloucestershire.

UE4SD, the project

UE4SD is a partnership of higher education institutions (HEI), organisations, agencies and associations across Europe and beyond. This project’s 54 partners across 33 countries in Europe come from four regional hubs: The North region (coordinated by the University of Gloucestershire, UK), the West region (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany), the South region (the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain), and the East region (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic). Among the partners of this project are two UK universities – University of Gloucestershire and London South Bank University (LSBU). Moreover, activities of this project are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance – the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.

Exploring pathways for progressing sustainability innovation in higher education, UE4SD seeks to improve professional development opportunities for university educators in ESD. It strives to develop professional competences and academic leadership capabilities in ESD and to enable teaching staff to reorient curricula and prepare students for understanding and applying their professional and global responsibilities in sustainable development. UE4SD aims to establish a leading expert group in ESD competences in higher education in Europe and a platform for sharing the expertise of network partners with the aim of informing policy and practice.

The report

This 54-page report – authored by Marlene Mader, Gerd Michelsen, Clemens Mader and Simon Burandt (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany); Daniella Tilbury and Alex Ryan (University of Gloucestershire, UK); Jana Dlouhá, Andrew Barton and Jiří Dlouhý (Charles Universty Prague, Czech Republic), and David Alba and Javier Benayas (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain) – analyses the findings of four regional reports, which summarized the national mapping exercises conducted by 53 UE4SD partner institutions in 33 European countries.

This study identified existing policy developments and strategic commitments for ESD in higher education across the different countries, and collected the examples of best practice in supporting professional development in this area.

This report will inform the second and third phases of the project, which seek to develop a leading practice publication on professional development in ESD for university educators and an online platform of resources. These outputs will in turn support the establishment of an Academy for ESD in Higher Education.

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Download report (PDF) http://www.ue4sd.eu/images/RegionalMapping/UE4SD_State-of-the-art-report.pdf

Press release on the report http://www.ue4sd.eu/outcomes/press-releases-2/89-press-release-esd-professional-development-of-university-educators

Referencing the report: UE4SD (2014) Mapping opportunities for professional development of university educators in Education for Sustainable Development: A state of the art report across 33 UE4SD partner countries. Authors: Mader, M., Tilbury, D., Dlouhá, J., Benayas, J., Michelsen, G., Mader, C., Burandt, S., Ryan, A., Barton, A., Dlouhý, J., and Alba, D., University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, 53 pp.

University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) http://www.ue4sd.eu/

COPERNICUS Alliance http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/

 

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Nottingham tops UI GreenMetric World Universities Ranking 2014 | Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Bradford, Plymouth & Bath in Top 20

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The University of Nottingham has topped UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2014, which was announced in January 2015.

 

Five other UK universities – Nottingham Trent (3rd), Oxford (5th), Bradford (6th), Plymouth (13th) and Bath (15th) – have made it to the Top 20.

 

360 universities from 62 countries took part in this Universitas Indonesia (UI) initiative, now in its fifth year. It ranks universities worldwide on the basis of their campus sustainability and environmental management efforts, under six main categories: Green Statistics (15%), Energy and Climate Change (21%), Waste management (18%), Water usage (10%), Transportation (18%) and Education (18%).

 

Top 20 universities | UI GreenMetric World Universities Ranking 2014

 

1 University of Nottingham | UK

2 University College Cork National University of Ireland | Ireland

3 Nottingham Trent University | UK

4 University of California, Davis | US

5 University of Oxford | UK

 

6 University of Bradford | UK

7 University of Connecticut | US

8 Universitat fur Bodenkultur Wien | Austria

9 University of California, Berkeley | US

10 Northeastern University | US

 

11 University of Limerick | Ireland

12 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill | US

13 University of Plymouth | UK

14 Universite de Sherbrooke | Canada

15 University of Bath | UK

 

16 Georgia Institute of Technology | US

17 University of Massachusetts Amherst | US

18 Eindhoven University of Technology | Netherland

19 University of Szeged | Hungary

20 University of Bremen | Germany

 

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